SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

Dig into history a little deeper with our amazing Signature Experiences. These tours are a great way to spend the day learning about the history of Atlas. If you're looking to find the hottest spots for a great photo or want to learn the nitty-gritty of mining life, you're in the right place.

Curator Tours

1 hour

Walking Difficulty: Hard

  • Hiking boot
  • Hiking boot
  • Hiking boot
  • $60 per person
  • $200 per family

Our long-time curator, Jay Russell, will be offering speciality tours in 2019. Jay has worked at the Atlas since the 90s and was, famously, a judge on Amazing Race Canada in 2013. Jay will take curious visitors on an hour-long tour which explores parts of the site not normally seen by the public. Each tour will be different, with Jay discussing (and showing visitors!) new discoveries, new stories and some of the conservation activities on site. Pre-booking is required (email programs@atlascoalmine.ab.ca for more information). Tours happen on Tuesday mornings only from May through September. Children under 6 are not permitted. Good mobility and sturdy, closed-toed footwear is required for this tour.

Mine & Dine

4 hours+

Walking Difficulty: Hard

  • Hiking boot
  • Hiking boot
  • Hiking boot
  • $135 per person

Unearth Life in a Historic Coal Town. $135 per person 4 hours+ Unearth Life in a Historic Coal Town. Take a step back to 1937 and the first day of a rookie coal miner in the untamed Drumheller Valley. Life was tough in the day when ‘Coal was King’ – and the Pit Bosses were even tougher. ‘Mine and Dine’ sets the stage at two historic sites – the Atlas Coal Mine and the East Coulee School Museum – for visitors to experience hands-on discovery and the unique opportunity to unearth the life of a coal miner in East Coulee, Alberta, located in the heart of the Canadian Badlands. Discover the area’s gritty mining culture first-hand…rub shoulders with real life miners and families, put on work clothes and handle real artefacts. Make your own miner's brass tag and gain a historic 'paycheck' for a day's work at the mine. After work, it’s time to unwind in this booming coal town and break bread with the locals and new friends, while savouring a hearty Hungarian family-style meal. This experience was featured at the Travel Alberta industry conference in 2017 and provides one of the most unique and memorable experiences in the Drumheller Valley! To book, please call 403-822-2220 or email programs@atlascoalmine.ab.ca Program requires a minimum of 12 participants. Customized group / corporate programs available year-round – please call for pricing.

Photography Tour

2 hours

Walking Difficulty: Hard

  • Hiking boot
  • Hiking boot
  • Hiking boot
  • $85 per person

In this exclusive tour, an interpreter will lead you on an exploration of our spectacular site before it opens to the public. There will be lots of opportunities to set up your shots to capture images of the rugged beauty of the Atlas Coal Mine and surrounding badlands. The Atlas is one of the most photogenic National Historic Sites in Canada, and this tour will give participants a chance to photograph parts of the site not generally open to the public. The rate includes General Admission to the Atlas Coal Mine following your tour should you wish to explore the site. There will be walking along rugged terrain and sturdy foot wear is required. Tours can be booked any day of the week and happen from 8am-10am. Please call for 403-822-2220 or email programs@atlascoalmine.ab.ca for more info or to book your spot.

The Working Life of a Miner

2 hours+

Walking Difficulty: Hard

  • Hiking boot
  • Hiking boot
  • Hiking boot
  • $100 per person
  • $250 per family

Meet our fifth generation coal miner and esteemed storyteller, Bob Moffatt. Gain exclusive access to site while enjoying the luxury of a small group size. Receive your very own brass tag! Please note that children under 6 are not allowed. Please email programs@atlascoalmine.ab.ca or phone 403-822-2220 for more info or to book this experience. Tour times depend on Bob's availability and do not happen daily. Minimum of 2, maximum of 8 participants. All participants must come prepared with water, sturdy footwear and a sense of adventure: Bob's tours are not for the faint of heart!

THE ATLAS is a locally operated, visitor-supported site, with no operational support from any level of government.